With God all things are possible.
All things are possible with God when we obey HIM FULLY and love HIM FULLY, AND obey Him FULLY because we love Him FULLY.
This world spreads so many man-made fears about: marriage, children, sharing and helping, respecting, living for God first and foremost and putting God’s values first before any others that exist out of God’s.
With God ( when you FULLY OBEY AND LOVE HIM, THUS FEARING HIM AND NOT man, not poverty, not heartbreak, not going through struggle,) ALL things ARE indeed possible.
People are often scared to commit to each other in marriage because there is so much talk of divorce, infidelity, problems, struggle, fighting through differences. Marriage is HARD. And without God, who designed marriage, marriage is impossible. We NEED God to get through marriage. Does that mean it’s going to look so romantic and smooth and debonair like the movies, no way! Marriage is hard! But love is sacrafice, love is picking up your cross, and dying for the ones you love, no matter the cost, when you marry you did not only make a promise to your partner, you made a promise before the ALMIGHTY God. If you wanna wimp out because suddenly things get really real and you see your partner’s scars, sinful nature, ugly personality traits, selfishness, and disrespect start pouring out on you, you’ve just lost the war. Love is a battle to fight for what really matters, not a fantasy or a opportunity for pleasure.
Raising children is hard. But again, it IS God’s design, so if we want to be able to get through it, we NEED God. Children are not born perfect, we are ALL born sinners, sin that we inherited from Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God. Children, just like us as children who hopefully choose to be God’s children and not children of wrath, act disobediently all the time. For example: God says do not lie, and there we go lying ( we lie because we are afraid of man, if you obey God He will give you wisdom so that you DO NOT ever have to lie and are truly blameless). God helps us to grow in patience as we experience trials and obey Him in the midst of them. Patience, grace, and understanding are just a few ways God helps us raise our children and also as mentioned get through marriage. It is not something that happens over night, but the process overtime makes a warrior of God out of those obedient to Him.
Giving to others
In talking about others having the right to be supported in their ministry, the apostle Paul says,] But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of this boast.—1 Corinthians 9:15
Now despite being poor myself, as Apostle Paul said, my point is not to beg for money, I make this point to open people’s eyes to how ridiculous we can behave sometimes. It can be likened to little bickering children, one who has a room full of stuff, and constantly bullies the other little kids not to get near her stuff, leaving the other kids with a stick and some mud.
Sadly it is how a lot of us behave with our wealth these days, we either experienced tragic poverty and are so afraid to go through it again, or we feel we have too much to pay for we would never get by if we gave to someone in need our help. Or we feel we owe it to ourselves to be spoiled and who cares about others because they don’t really deserve this or that. Do we realize that we ALL have created homelessness, poverty, and struggle for resources by doing this. There is way more than enough for every single person alive to have what they need, if we ALL ( no one person can really do it alone, we all must do our part) shared everytime we felt God/ our conscience/ or our heart telling us help that person, they really really need it.
John 6:1-14New International Version
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand(A)
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs(B) he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside(C) and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival(D) was near.
5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,(E) “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.”There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks,(H) and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
GOD provides. But remember we are HIS hands and feet, we are the body of Christ, if we are not moving, if we are not sharing the gospel or encourgement, we are NOT moving for God, we are like stiff logs on a dance floor, if you don’t get out there and Salsa, no one else is gonna move for you, get up and move, you’re missing out.
Respect, also something possible with GOD; respect even for the most wildly lost Ishmael of people, is possible with God. We may get angry but we should not sin, righteous anger is always constructive and upbuilding, righteous anger never slanders, cusses, hurts, blames***, nor purposely tears down. It gives constructive criticism, meant to bring us to Christ, meant as feedback (e.g. constructive: stop drinking it is destroying you spiritually, God cannot fill a drunk with His holy spirit, you’ve got other spirits in you; they do NOT mix …)
*** blame is often done out of fear of not looking good to friends/ family/ coworkers, church, etc and worrying excessively of whether they will like us or not if we admit our wrong, or it may be done out of complete hurt and pain to try to get others to recognize that they hurt us, but blame will always backfire, especially when pride and hardened hearts are involved. ( The truth is 9/10 times when we are humble and admit our faults we look like Christ and not like the monster no matter what mistake we made).
|James 1:20 ►|
|Parallel VersesKing James Version|
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Darby Bible Translation
for man’s wrath does not work God’s righteousness.
World English Bible
for the anger of man doesn’t produce the righteousness of God.
God is sovereign, if you love HIM and obey HIM, obeying Him because you love Him. He is NOT going to leave you hanging. Trust God. Show God that you really trust Him by fully surrendering your worries to Him( like a trust fall). Pray, read God’s word, asking for a covering from Satan, pray for clarity always ( do not let Satan try to confuse you or scare you or destroy you and those you love), flee from evil and FIGHT temptation, not one another, get support from other friend’s of God, pray for wisdom, grow in patience. “Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible.”